The American River Current

Superstar Shyra dishes on music, fame, and personal inspiration

Superstar Shyra dishes on music, fame, and personal inspiration

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

June 14, 2012

Who doesn’t want to be a superstar? Unfortunately, not everyone has what it takes to claim star status. Luckily, Sacramento can say they helped produce at least one: Superstar Shyra, to be exact. The superstar, Shyra Sanchez, is the writer and singer of the Billboard chart-topper “DJ Love Song,”...

Doing more than just skating

The skates of a roller derby girl at a practice on March 13. (Photo by Daniel Romandia)

Tonisha Barnes and Malissa Rogers

March 21, 2012

With a shrill blow of the whistle, all fears are left at the door. Any problems with school or family are dropped at the sides of the skate rink.  The laces on the skates are double-checked one last time and the helmet, complete with a skate-name written on it, is fastened with a chinstrap. Hippie...

Valentine’s Day for singles

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

February 9, 2012

Valentine’s Day is about love, but does it have to be a romantic love? If you’re single, celebrate platonic love, self-love, or just love of life. If you’re single and wondering what to do this Feb. 14, well, don’t stress; here are a few things to consider: MOVIES – No chick flicks! Most...

Civilians holding Marines to unreasonable standard

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

February 8, 2012

Since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), America has lost more than 4,500 troops. Unfortunately, these sacrifices are often over-shadowed by difficult-to-comprehend actions from those on the front line. On Jan. 11, 2012, the world...

‘Antigone’ brings dynamics to the stage

‘Antigone’ brings dynamics to the stage

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

November 30, 2011

Antigone is a play that hits every emotion. The production full of love, hate and war, encompassed with deep, expressive words, fueled the audience with emotions of sadness and laughter. “The dialogue was dynamic,” said Marissa Gonzales, ARC English major. Antigone, the name of the leading female...

Professor by day, D.J. by night

Wilbur Johnson, a journalism professor at American River College, also D.J.s at a local R&B and old-school radio station V101.1 with the D.J. name of Don Sainte-Johnn. (Photo by Bryce Fraser)

Tonisha Barnes and Malissa Rogers

November 9, 2011

He tapped his feet to the music and pumped his fist into the air. He pulled the microphone closer to him, moving the switches on the soundboard. The clock counted down to the exact second, the show started and he began to speak. “Just a little after 3 o’clock you’ve got the Dr. Don Sainte-Johnn...

College hour features “Fagbug”

A poster for the documentary

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

October 26, 2011

“Ur a Fag.” This what Erin Davies, a resident of Albany, N.Y., awoke one morning to see spray-painted in red on the hood of her charcoal gray Volkswagen Beetle. The word “Fag” covered the driver-side and passenger-side window. The documentary titled “Fag Bug” was shown at American River College...

Warhol program hopes ARC’s display will interest students

Andy Warhol's self-portrait displayed in his 'pop-art' technique.

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

October 26, 2011

Andy Warhol is getting another 15 minutes of fame, this time at American River College. The school recently received 150 original photos from The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The Polaroid originals and gelatin-silver shots – a mix of celebrity photos, party scenes and still-lifes, --...

New round of bomb threats made at ARC

Members of Sacramento County Sheriff and campus police check bomb threat Oct. 6, 2011. (Photo by Corina Snyder)

Tonisha Barnes and Shanel Royal

October 11, 2011

An unknown caller or callers made two bomb threats to American River College on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 6. Police later searched the campus but found nothing suspicious. The Sacramento Police Department received the first call at 7:36 a.m., with the threat directed toward ARC without a specific...

Local ‘Slutwalk’ event takes back the night

Local 'Slutwalk' event takes back the night

Tonisha Barnes and Malissa Rogers

September 28, 2011

On Oct. 8, 2011, “Slutwalk Sacramento” is merging with “Take Back the Night” to hold an event intended to educate the community about how damaging sexual assault is on women and how prevalent it is in our society. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the parking lot of the Native American Health Care Center...

ARC Presents: ‘Full Monty’

From left to right: Omba Kipuke, Owen Smith, James Shimp and John Farnsworth rehearse for the upcoming play

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

September 28, 2011

Labor issues, unemployment, relationships, and body image are all issues that characters deal with in the American River College production “The Full Monty” opening Oct. 7. If you’re wondering if “The Full Monty” is a spin-off of the very successful 1997 British film, the answer is yes....

What’s App-ening

What's App-ening

Tonisha Barnes and Tonisha Barnes

September 14, 2011

Student 1: Do you have a scientific calculator? I forgot mine at home today. Student 2:  You know that they have an app for that, right? Student 1:  Wow! They do? There is an app for everything. Not so long ago, personal computers were for laps and desktops, and calculators were the only hand-held...

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